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Reelfoot Lake State Park


Reelfoot Lake offers a variety of tours throughout the year. Reservations are strongly recommended as tours frequently sell out, and reservations are the only way to ensure a spot is available for you and/or your party. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the visitor center at 731-253-9652.


January and February, Eagle Tours: Join experienced park naturalists on daily, bald eagle and waterfowl bus or van tours. During the two hour tours, eagles can be seen perching, flying or soaring and snatching a fish from the lake. Telescopes for viewing and information about the natural and cultural history of the wildlife and area are provided.

Eagle Festival: This family-friendly festival features eagle tours and a variety of interpretive programs.

March and April, Deep Swamp Canoe Tours: Join park naturalists for a canoe trip into the old-growth Cypress forest of Reelfoot Lake. The canoes glide around huge cypress trees, and a variety of birds are usually seen, including nesting eagles. The old Cypress forest is a unique area of Reelfoot Lake. Guided trips are offered during the weekends, and reservations are required. The tours are not offered when lake levels become too low. 

May through the end of September, Scenic Pontoon Boat Tours: Learn about the history and wonders of Reelfoot Lake on these popular tours. In addition to seeing a variety of flowers along the shore and the lake’s beautiful water lilies, many birds can be seen, including great blue herons, ducks, and eagles. The interpretive cruises depart daily from the visitor center, weather permitting. A stop on historic Caney Island Indian Mound provides picnic tables and primitive restrooms. The tour is approximately three hours long. For groups of 10 or more, special afternoon cruises may be planned, Monday through Friday.

Short, one-hour cruises are offered on weekends at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. CT. Short cruises are $8 per person/all ages; Long cruises are $14 per person, ages 16 and older, and $8 for those under 16 years. Reservations are required. 

July - Lily Pad Canoe Tours: Canoeing through a bed of lily pads and seeing the beautiful flowering American lotus, spatter doc, duckweed, and Cypress trees. Call for more information and to set up your private tour for groups of 10 or more.  

October - Pelican Festival: The annual Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival features three days of family-friendly fun. Get up close to these magnificent birds on our pelican canoe floats, and don't forget your camera!